Advice for Sunday services
Last updated: Friday 25 July
Before our eyes our nation has changed. It’s an extraordinary time and each of us will have our own response to it. Amidst the disruption and chaos we can hold onto one truth: “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46).
It’s now over three months since we could last gather together to worship as the family of God. Many of you are quite rightly planning to stay away from the church buildings for some time yet. Others are longing to gather together to worship. Those who lead the church have as their goal to serve you to the best of their abilities with our wonderful but still limited resources of volunteers and helpers.
All four churches remain open for private prayer at the times listed below. We also have three midweek services, including our first services of Holy Communion. We know many people have been looking forward to taking communion again. Thank you for being so patient as we have made preparations for restarting these services safely. The services this week are:
Please take note of new guidance from the Church of England: “We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus Covid-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.”
Even though we are putting measures in place to lessen the potential transmission of coronavirus within our buildings, there is still a risk to health. Therefore, please be aware of the following advice when considering whether to go to a church building for private prayer or a public service:
All Saints Bisham
Sundays, from 3-5pm
All Saints Marlow
Tuesdays, from 10.30am-1.30pm
Fridays, from 4-7pm
St Mary’s, Marlow Bottom (Lantern Community Church)
Wednesdays, from 4-7pm
St John the Baptist, Little Marlow
Thursdays, from 11am-1pm
Sundays, from 2.30-4.30pm
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we will continue to care for those who are in need – especially our older members and those with health conditions. If you are not sure who to contact or how to access pastoral support, we have set up a special hotline, just phone 07492 562366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In partnership with others in the local community, we are able to offer free food deliveries. If you would like to nominate a vulnerable neighbour to receive a free meal, or if you would like to volunteer to be a delivery driver please email us at email@example.com
NB: this is not just for church members, but for anyone in need in our community.
We are grateful for your support and would ask you to pray for the four churches in our team, that we may grow in worship, prayer, fellowship and mission through this testing time.